Feb 3
Kl1967
Kl1967 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

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Hi everyone,I'm new to this but finally ready to share my story.While driving my son to college to clean out dorm on March 25   I began getting a sharp pain in my chest.fortunately  my son was able to get me to hospital for emergency surgery. Wound up having a stem I heart attack with right coronary artery 100% occluded.  Dr. Treated me with three stents.  This was just when  COVID was just starting to explode in ny. I was terrified but was released from hospital the next day...they say no severe damage was done ,and dr cleared me to resume my normal schedule but I can't seem to get over worrying about another heart attack.  It's been almost 10 months but the constant fear is still there.just wondering if anyone else shares same feelings with their experience...thanks

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  • TMM14526
    TMM14526,

    Hi KI1967, five years ago next week I had just finished a morning intense spin class with wife, she left for home and I was stretching and then was going to shower and head to work...then I felt a sharp pain across my chess and started to get short of breath.  Long story short I had a 100% blockage of my LAD artery, its called the widow maker.  Then...many things then went right for me and two hours later I had a stent put in.  Now I am dealing with a new diagnosis of AFib, and I dont think they are related.

    So to answer your question and worry, YES...it is natural to be concerned and think about often!  I fight being anxious by continuing to exercise, pray, make sure I hydrate (I think that is a root cause for my AFib), get my sleep, practice short periods where I concrentrate on my breathing, take my meds, try to live each day to the fullest and enjoy my family and friends!

    As time passes I hope you can find your routines and joy in the many things in our world and great country.  You may need to build some confidence in living again, and that means doing these things and maybe find someone you can talk about your concerns with.   I wish you all the best....and remember....EVERY DAY IS A GIFT!!!

  • EricS
    EricS,

    Good afternoon! I'm here for the same worry. A little about my situation. I'm a 45yr old disabled Coast Guard veteran with ptsd and anxiety, needless to say my heart attack about two and a half months ago has not helped my anxiety. I had a 99% clogged artery that I had pain for a year and V.A. doc kept saying its costrocondritis until the morning of dec 15th. I woke up around 2am with wierd back pain. I went back to sleep till 6am got up to get son ready for school and ran up the stairs and doubled over breathing and I was like *** is going on. So dumb me drove myself to V.A. Hospital where they finally did a traponin test that came back positive and transported me to local hospital and promptly had a single stent placed.

    After the stent I got home and felt great 100 percent loads of energy but still had that worry about exercise but just started out at ten minutes and have worked up to 1.5 hrs 3 thirty minute walks I was so proud and happy. THEN I went to Cardiac rehab where they found cardiac Ischemia with exercise and that just completely devastated me! I have a nuclear stress test scheduled for a couple weeks from now but man the anxiety of waiting and wondering is torture. Every little twinge in my chest I'm like whats that! Am I doing to much ? I totally understand where your coming from and I know as men we are raised as being scared is bad and for the week but thats B.S. man. I found when I first started mindfulness helps me a ton and still does but still have many moments during the day when I experience the "what was that" thoughts. Hang in there brother and now atleast we know what we need to do to be here on this earth and can take steps to give us the best chance and thats all we can ask of ourselves! Take care!

    Eric

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